PhD Scholarships

Scholarship Process

All admitted PhD students are automatically reviewed for scholarship. There is no separate application. The Scholarship Committee does not review FAFSA information in making award determinations, however students are strongly encourage to submit their FAFSA so they may become eligible for federal loans. 

The Scholarship Committee meets every two weeks, and reviews recently admitted applicants. Notifications of scholarship awards are made via email, generally about three weeks after an interview weekend. However, as students decline their awards, the Scholarship Committee will re-award funds and consider all admitted students. For this reason, students may not learn if they recieve a scholarship until several weeks after being admitted. 

Diversity Scholarship Qualifications

This award aims to increase representation of individuals with identities traditionally underrepresented in higher education, and specifically in clinical psychology. Through sharing their varied cultural perspectives, these students enhance the PAU community. Students may be qualified for the diversity scholarship if they:
  • Come from a group traditionally underrepresented in higher education, such as students of color, low-income students, disabed students, LGBTQ students, or first-generation students.
  • Are culturally, geographically, ethnically, or racially diverse.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to create positive change and a commitment to the principles of diversity.
  • Students who have had experiences with housing insecurity, homelessness, or have an economically disadvantaged background.

Academic Scholarship Qualification

Students may be qualified for the academic scholarship if they:
  • Have an outstanding academic history, including undergraduate and graduate-level grades.
  • Noteworthy research productivity or engagement
  • Noteworthy experience in providing clinical mental health services
  • Noteworthy engagement in the field of psychology (e.g., internships, outreach, relevant community service, roles in professional organizations, etc.) 

Selection Process

The Scholarship Committee reviews:
  • Past academic performance
  • Community and campus involvements
  • Obstacles overcome, recognizing and honoring the intersectionality of each student
  • Potential to contribute positively to the academic and cultural life of the university
  • Past research productivity
  • Clinical experience
  • Commitment to diversity and to improving the human condition
  • Motivations for graduate studies in clinical psychology
  • Fit for PAU’s goals, mission, community, and academic programs
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